Green Belt Development Plans Scrapped

A dramatic u-turn over controversial plans to build on Green Belt land has been made after huge public outcry.

But despite welcoming the reversal, angry campaigners have questioned how much the “shambolic” consultation into the Gravesham plans cost and accused leader of the Labour-run borough council, John Burden, of a serious error in judgement.

Cllr Burden unveiled the contentious proposals last year, which outlined the development of up to 920 new homes on Green Belt land in areas including Meopham, Istead Rise and Culverstone as part of the area’s draft Local Development Framework.

Thousands of people wrote to the council opposing the plans and in a shock u-turn Cllr Burden recommended they be scrapped.